Grouping and Copying Shapes

You can group shapes so that they function as a unit.

About Grouped Shapes

It's useful to group shapes if you regularly use them together. For example, if you create a logo for your company that is composed of several separate shapes, grouping the shapes lets you treat them as one shape and add that grouped shape to other drawings. You can group any combination of Edraw shapes, shapes you draw yourself, other groups and objects from other programs.

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Some Edraw shapes such as this tablet computer are already groups - sets of shapes grouped to form a single shape.

You can manipulate THE entire group or individual shapes within groups. (Manipulating includes resizing, formatting, moving, rotating, flipping, grouping, deleting and copying.)

Group/Ungroup Shapes

  1. Select the shapes you want to group.
  2. On the Shape menu, point to Group, and then click Group.
  3. To ungroup shapes, select the group. On the Shape menu, point to Group, and then click Ungroup.

Select Shapes in a Group

To select a group, click one of the shapes in the group. The group's rectangular border appears. Then click any shape inside the group to select that shape.

Notes

The sub shapes and group shape will be selected in order when you click the shapes in the group.

You can press CTRL to select multiple shapes in groups.

Read also Selecting a Shape or Multiple Shapes.

Copy a Shape

  1. Select the shape you want to copy.
  2. Do one of the followings:
    1. To create an offset copy of the shape, on the Edit menu, click Copy.
    2. To copy a shape to a specific location on the page, hold down the CTRL key while you drag to where you want to copy.
    3. To copy a shape to another page in your drawing, active the page you want to copy to and click Paste on Edit menu.

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